The Blue Anchor

Bar and Restaurant

The Blue Anchor

No Comments By Blake November 21, 2009

Long before the Yardhouse came to town, before we had any real selection of microbrews and European beers, before beer was remotely trendy, the Anchor had the best taps around. The Blue Anchor is an institution in Delray Beach. I have been living here for more than a decade now, and have spent quite a few weekends on the picnic benches outside.

Less than a block from the Intracoastal, those picnic benches sit innocently down a quiet side street just slightly out of earshot of the commotion of a Saturday night on Atlantic Ave. It’s the perfect place for an intense conversation over a frothy Imperial Pint. The British “Imperial Pint” is 20 ounces. Its a big pour, you won’t find any optical illusion 12oz pint glasses here.

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The Lodge

Bar and Restaurant

The Lodge

No Comments By Blake November 15, 2009

We will call it a review, but if you want a solid, positive opinion of The Lodge, just know that I have returned 6 times in two months since I first discovered the place. Well, discovered is generous. Ian of Brother Tuckers told me about it.

I’d rank it as the best beer bar in Palm Beach County.

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Beer

Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09

1 Comment By Blake November 13, 2009

Boy, have we been missing out. Stone Brewing only arrived in South Florida this year. It was already a world renowned brewery and the proud owner of the single best marketing department in existence. There is a narrative on every Stone bomber, read one and tell me am wrong. This one is tame by comparison, but I did learn one thing new. ” As with all Stone VE editions, a detailed home-brewing recipe is available at www.stonebrew.com/epic “… I smell a homebrew session coming on. Continue Reading

Beer

Smuttynose Imperial Stout

1 Comment By Blake November 12, 2009

sbclogo.jpegThis is part of the renowned Smuttynose Big Beer Series. Like all the rest, it comes in a 22 oz bomber. This one is marked “Bottle Conditioned in 2009″ and comes in at 8.9% ABV according to the Smuttynose website. The label gives a simple history of the style; “Imperial Stouts were first brewed for export from Britain to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great during the late 18th Century.” Better detail can be found at Allaboutbeer.com, like the passage “…a bottle of Imperial Russian stout dated 1969…was still in splendid condition, and was softer and silkier than a young version.” Continue Reading

Victory Hop Wallop

Beer

Victory Hop Wallop

No Comments By Blake October 31, 2009

New breweries have been coming fast and furious lately, but I was a little extra excited when I found Victory in the case at BX Beer Depot this week. I’m a fanatic about big beers and Victory Brewing Co. has a few that I’ve been hoping to try. Up first is Hop Wallop. I’ve actually had the pleasure of this beer before, at the Bodega Brew Pub in LaCrosse, Wi while on a business trip a few years back. I knew this beer rocked. Continue Reading

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